SiSoftware Sandra & Multimedia Benchmarks
We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic,
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge
As we mentioned earlier, our Samsung R580 didn't feel like it was powered by one of the most cutting edge mobile CPUs currently available. It just felt like the processor was hamstrung in most cases, and SANDRA's numbers confirm our impessions. Though, we were surprised to see the hard drive doing as well as it did given the sluggish 5400RPM spindle speed.
To test multimedia capabilities, we attempt to play back a 720p WMVHD clip, a 720p H.264 clip and a 1080p clip. We've also included two screenshots of the 1080p clip from prior test rigs to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from rival systems.
Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264
Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD
Click To Enlarge; 1080p
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on HP Mini 311 w/ Ion
Benchmarks be darned; the R580 can cut through multimedia like a hot knife through soft butter. Loading up and enjoying both 720p and 1080p content was a breeze, and the machine never seemed taxed. It did get a bit warm after extended play, but that's not surprising given the Core i5 CPU and discreet GPU. We have zero complaints about the R580's ability to handle multimedia; we just wish it were as snappy everywhere else.